Review for New Gillian Bagwell Book

There are already great reviews coming in for Gillian Bagwell’s newest book, Venus in Winter.  Gillian, as you will surely remember, is our July LCW Salon Presenter. She’ll also be using her background in theater to share tips on literary presentation and reading skills. This most recent praise comes from RT Book Reviews, which gave it 4 stars!

“Bagwell’s third novel is an engrossing look at a powerful woman in English history.  Spanning age 12 through 40, the story moves at a nice pace through the life of four-time widow Bess of Hardwick.  With the book’s rich descriptions, readers will feel as if they are right there among the pomp and circumstance of 1500s England, as Bess finds herself thrust into the glamorous, yet treacherous, court life of King Henry VIII.  As Bess navigates her rise through society and secures her place in history, Venus in Winter becomes a worthy epic novel.”

—RT book Reviews

We are looking forward to this riveting new historical fiction novel from Gillian and so should you!


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LCW Book Promotion Service

Kaye McKinzie

LCW announces discounted book promotion services for members!

Once you’ve written that book and gotten it published you need to spread the news. Now LCW members can get the basics to get started in the Bay Area without hiring a publicist.
For $175 you’ll receive the Author’s Self-Promo Kit, which includes:
  • Sample contact letters so you can write your own press communications. The package of 6 includes letters to request:
                  -radio and TV interviews
                  -speaking engagements at book stores and professional groups
                  -book reviews from radio hosts, print editors, and bloggers
  • A professionally developed list of key press contacts for authors in the Bay Area, so you can send your own press releases on an ongoing basis.
  • A 45-minute consultation with PR professional Kaye McKinzie about the best way to tailor a PR campaign for your book or ebook, and the advantages of various approaches. (more…)
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Great reviews for Riding Fury Home

As we all know our very own Left Coast Writer Chana Wilson has recently put out an amazing new book, Riding Fury Home.  Of course it has received many glowing reviews, and we’d like to share some with all of you.  Click the titles of the publication for the full review:

“As a work of socially relevant art, this memoir is above reproach. As a historical document, it is both lamentation of a shameful past and evidence of how far we’ve come.”
-Elizabeth Kenndedy, SF Chronicle

“It quickly becomes clear from the beginning pages of this memoir that although Chana Wilson is a first-time author, she is a masterful storyteller. This book is almost impossible to put down…”
-Rachel Pepper, The Bay Area Reporter

There are also great reviews in The Advocate, SF Weekly, and Seattle’s The Stanger, among others.

You can also read more about Chana’s book on her website, Facebook page, or buy a copy on Amazon or at a bookstore near you!

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Judith Horstman Reads in Corte Madera

Judith_Horstman Also on February 11th Judith Horstman will be reading from her newest book, The Scientific American Book of Love, Sex, and the Brain: The Neuroscience of How, When, Why and Who We Love. She will be at Book Passage at the same time as the Left Coast Writers Pre-Valentine’s Day Lovefest, and we hope she will stop by for a toast.

In her third enthralling book about the brain, Judith Horstman takes us on a lively tour of our most important sex and love organ and the whole smorgasbord of our many kinds of love-from the bonding of parent and child to the passion of erotic love, the affectionate love of companionship, the role of animals in our lives, and the love of God.

“This wonderful and accessible book will definitely make you rethink what you thought you knew about love. It does an outstanding job making a tremendous amount of data about such an important topic easy and fun to understand.”
—Andrew Newberg, MD, director of research, Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; coauthor, How God Changes Your Brain

Judith Horstman is an award-winning journalist who writes about health and medicine for doctors as well as the general public. She has been a Washington correspondent, a journalism professor, a Fulbright scholar, and has written and edited in just about any medium including newspapers, newsletters, special health publications, radio, video, the Internet, annual reports and books.

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LCW Pick: Covering the Bases: Writers on Baseball

COVERING THE BASES: Writers on Baseball







BaseballPanel_sThursday, May 12, 2011 || 7pm
Double Play Bar and Grill
2401 – 16th Street (@ Bryant)
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 621-9859

This is so cool: Five writers and a photographer will cover the bases at a special night of baseball literature at San Francisco’s iconic Double Play Bar and Grill.

The evening will feature classic sportswriting, fiction, memoir and poetry, all related to America’s pastime. The writers are: Dan Fost author of “Giants Past and Present” (MVP Books), James J. Patterson, author of “Bermuda Shorts” (Alan Squire Publishing), Steve Hermanos, author of “O Gigantic Victory! Baseball Poems: The 2010 Championship Season,” and Aaron Pribble, author of “Pitching in the Promised Land: A Story of the First and Only Season in the Israel Baseball League” (University of Nebraska Press), along with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice, who took the pictures for “Freak Season: Behind the Scenes with San Francisco Giants Pitcher Tim Lincecum from Spring Training to the World Series” (K&D Photography). Special guest Todd Lappin will tell the story of his search for the location of home plate from Seals Stadium – right across the street from the Double Play.

The writers will read from their work at San Francisco’s legendary Double Play Bar and Grill at 7 pm, Thursday, May 12. The Double Play is across from the Potrero Hill shopping center that used to be Seals Stadium, and the bar features a small-scale replica of the beloved old ballpark.

Double Play Bar & Grill

2401 – 16th Street (@ Bryant)
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 621-9859

See you there!

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Kudos to Kingman

Jeff Kingman

Jeff Kingman

We want to congratulate Left Coast Writer Jeff Kingman. His short story, “Marriage,” will be published in the Skuylkill Valley Journal on May 2 (in print and online at and his novel, Moto Girl, reached the semifinalist level in the 2009 Dana Awards. (more…)

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Photography for Writers

Big-Sur-Coastline-lines-and-light11-300x225_sPOINT & SHOOT YOUR WAY TO PERFECT PHOTOS

with MARSHA BLACK,  Author of The Accidental Photographer

(1 workshop) (2 weeks)

Don’t know how you got that fantastic shot that everyone it raving about? Learn simple, easy-to-remember techniques so that you can use your camera more effec­tively. Topics include how to: define your subject to tell your story; manage the available light so that it is perfect in the final photograph; use the three basic photographic composition techniques – color, pattern, and action. Bring camera; there will be an easy photo assignment. Fee includes a copy of The Accidental Photographer.

Instructor: Marsha Black … graduate, New York Institute of Photography; author of The Accidental Photographer; educator, traveler, photographer.

  • Schedule #4504.901 June 19; Sat., 1:30 – 4:30 pm
  • Schedule #4504.902: Aug. 14;  Sat., 1:30 – 4:30 pm
  • Schedule #4504.903: July 14 – July 21; Wed., 6:30 – 8 pm

Fee: $60 / Dist. Res. $50

Community Ctr.: Upper Club Rm.

To register: use the internet, at or call 925-676-5200 or by fax 24 hours a day at 925-676-5630


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New Ferry Plaza Events Host


Many of you know Elaine Miller Bond, author illustrator of Affimals: Affirmations + Animals. Left Coast Writers is pleased to announce that Elaine will be hosting the Left Coast Writers Ferry Plaza Book Party and Reading series at Book Passage in San Francisco beginning in April. Many thanks to Colette Obrien, our terrific prior emcee. We hope she’ll return to host future events from time to time.

Elaine will be emceeing the April Book Party featuring poet Dave Seter, author of Night Duty.

Monday, April 12, 2009 || 6pm
Book Passage || Ferry Plaza
San Francisco ||

Elaine Miller Bond is the author/illustrator of the book, Affimals: Affirmations + Animals, published in 2009. She took her graduate degree from Cambridge University, England and began her career as a science writer with the University of California Natural Reserve System. Her writing and photography have appeared on the Discovery Channel and in The American Naturalist, The Washington Post, and other popular and scientific media. Her photographs of rare Utah prairie dogs and their behaviors will be published in the upcoming books, Prairie Dogs with White Tails by Dr. John L. Hoogland and Squirrels of the World by Dr. John L. Koprowski. She currently makes her home in California’s San Francisco Bay Area.

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